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To our friends and neighbors – Thank you!

THANK YOU…it’s a simple phrase that says so much. Thanks to you, we at the Community Foundation of Middlesex Country are able to make even the smallest gift have a big impact – through charitable funds that support education, the arts, animal welfare, the environment, human services, heritage enhancements, and so much more. We say Read More →


Buddy Bench Fun at Center School, East Hampton

Sarah Cody, WTNH, joined the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s Council of Business Partners Fund and Rushford Academy at Center School in East Hampton for a very special presentation – a new Buddy Bench for the playground! See all the fun HERE – and read Sarah’s story about the Buddy Bench project at the Community Foundation Read More →


Buddying Up for Positive Change in Essex

Community Foundation of Middlesex County Supports Social Inclusion Youth Project   The “Buddy Bench” is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Representatives from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and Rushford Academy  recently joined students, teachers and parents at Essex Elementary School for a very special ribbon cutting ceremony. Read More →


Community Foundation of Middlesex County Recognizes Morgan High School with Bully-Free Spotlight Award

HIGHLIGHTS: 400+ stand together for change at Rally for Bully-Free Communities in Middletown; The Morgan School in Clinton Recognized For Positive School Climate. Students, educators, business owners, and community leaders came out in record numbers to rally for bully-free communities at the EMPOWER Leadership Sports Center in Middletown on October 4, in recognition of National Read More →


iHeart Radio: Buddy Bench Project Conversation

Join Cynthia Clegg, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Dave Director, Chairman, Council of Business Partners at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Pat Rehmer, Senior Vice President, Hartford Healthcare and President, Behavioral Health Network and Renee DiNino, Director of Community Affairs for iHeartMedia as they chat about the Buddy Bench project and Read More →


Oh What an Evening on the Connecticut River

What an evening – from entrancing wildlife to great friends to beautiful vistas, we couldn’t have asked for more! We wish to thank everyone who joined us for a beautiful evening of fun and good cheer aboard the Lady Katharine as we Sailed Away for a Celebration on the Connecticut River. For those of you Read More →


Celebrating Our 2018 Local Leaders Local Legends

At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC), we are so fortunate to be surrounded by “Good People Doing Great Things”. Every day we are reminded that everyone in our region truly cares about our friends and neighbors and where we live, work and play. On Wednesday August 22, CFMC held its bi-annual Local Leaders, Read More →


TAKE A SEAT…and learn how Middlesex County cares…

It’s a simple idea – with lasting results. Sometimes children (and even adults) feel alone. Sometimes children aren’t certain how to ask others to be included in activities at school. Well, there’s a solution – the Buddy Bench. Thanks to a partnership with the Community Foundation’s Council of Business Partners and At-Risk Boys Funds, Rushford Academy, Read More →


Life-Saving Equipment for Our Four-Footed Friends

The Animals: Respect and Friendship (ARF!) Fund took the lead from a family in Chester and decided to help get a special piece of equipment in the hands of every fire department in Middlesex County. The ARF! Fund Committee set a goal in the fall of 2017 to raise awareness about the dangers of smoke Read More →


Buddying Up For Positive Change in Middlesex County

When is a bench so much more than a bench? When does a bench have the power to connect people of all ages and experiences and create a community of upstanders? When it is a Buddy Bench built by at-risk youth from Rushford Academy in Durham. Thanks to 34 individual donors and the countless contributors Read More →


CFMC Welcomes Four to 2018 Board of Directors

Please join the Community Foundation in welcoming our newest Board members! Laura Colebank Laura was co-owner of Tantor Media Inc., a digital audiobook publishing company. She and her husband founded the company in 2000 and sold to Recorded Books in 2014. She served eight years on the Audiobook Publishers Association Public Relations Committee to raise audiobook awareness, and Read More →


Laura Quintiliani Joins CFMC

  The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is pleased to announce the addition of a new team member! Laura Quintiliani has been appointed as the Community Foundation’s new Administrative Assistant. With a strong background in administrative technology and having both corporate and nonprofit experience, Laura is excited to bring her skills to CFMC. “I’m a history lover, Read More →


Oh What a Night – Thank You!

Thank you – one and all – for an incredible night celebrating 20 Years of Philanthropy * Leadership * Legacy. November 17, 2017 truly was a night to remember – made possible by the generosity of so many in our community. We are deeply humbled and grateful for the support of our guests and friends, Read More →


Welcome Ferdinand Quayson

We are honored and humbled to have participated in Wesleyan University’s Board Intern Program since its inception. The program offers students and selected nonprofits to partner and share expertise, talents, and skills all for the benefit of Middlesex County. The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is thrilled to welcome our 2017-2018 intern, Ferdinand Quayson. As Read More →


Restrospective: Dahlia DeHaan

Dahlia DeHaan was the Community Foundation’s first intern through the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce’s Youth @ Work Summer Employment Program. Dahlia returned to CFMC this summer through the Youth @ Work program, and we asked her to reflect on her experiences in the program and at CFMC. Five Years Later … What I’ve Learned Read More →


Scholar Athlete Who Knows The True Meaning of Community

Deborah L. Lombardo Education Assistance Award The Deborah L. Lombardo Education Assistance Award was established in Deborah’s memory by Harry Burr, her employer. Deborah was an account manager for Harry with his agency, Brown & Brown Insurance of Connecticut, dba McCutcheon Burr & Sons. To honor Deborah, Harry gives an annual award to a Portland Read More →


All Things Killingworth

The Killingworth Foundation Continues Building on Ten Years of Impact as the Killingworth Community Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County The Killingworth Foundation (TKF) and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) are pleased to announce a partnership with the creation of the Killingworth Community Fund, a Geographic Affiliate Fund, at CFMC. For Read More →


“Super Cool Scientists”

It’s not just lab coats and microscopes! ‘Science is cool’  was the message behind an event hosted by the Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women and Girls. The guest speaker and local author, Sara MacSorley, discussed why she chose to author a book about “Super Cool Scientists” and how she teamed up with local illustrator Read More →


Why Leave a Legacy?

Leaving the Future in Good Hands A conversation with Deborah Moore Deborah Moore has called Middlesex County home throughout her entire life. She grew up in Chester, and still lives and works where she has roots. So it’s no surprise that she lives by the mantra, “Live Local and Give Local.” Deborah is grateful for Read More →


Camp Colter 2017

Forty (40) middle school boys and girls took to the mats at Camp Colter at Keigwin Middle School, thanks to the Colter Achievement Fund. Brian and Chaleen established the Colter Abely Achievement Fund at the Community Foundation after their son Colter died. Colter had a passion for wrestling while attending Xavier High School and often helped out Read More →


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